Why Sheffield Wednesday terminated Aden Flint loan as defender starts to turn it on with Cardiff City
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but terminating Aden Flint’s loan at Sheffield Wednesday was probably the right decision at the time – regardless of how well he’s doing now.
Flint looked like an excellent signing for the Owls back in October, slotting straight into Garry Monk’s side as he immediately looked at home in the heart of their defence.
But sadly for both the player and club, the 31-year-old picked up a serious injury in his fourth game and was then ruled out for a significant amount of time after requiring surgery on his hamstring.
The defender wasn’t playing under Neil Harris in Wales, a factor that led to his loan in the first place, but after recovering from his injury ahead of schedule he has found himself playing a vital role in Mick McCarthy’s impressive turnaround since being brought in.
With hindsight it could be suggested that Wednesday were too hasty in cutting short the defender’s loan, however The Star understands that it was a decision made based on the severity of the injury lay-off, the break clause in the loan that meant they only had a short amount of time to make their decision, and also the money saved by terminating early.
There would likely have been a chance to bring Flint back to Hillsborough in the January transfer window following his impressive return to fitness, however McCarthy had him back in the starting XI by January 27th and he’s gone on to play 10 more Championship games since then.